Ireland | Explore Ireland

12 days | 11 nights
TYPOLOGIES

Shared

DIFFICULTY

Low

MIN. TRAVELERS

2 Passengers

$ 2199

Amazing Experience

Explorer the various facets of Ireland & experience the stunning and varied landscapes of this beautiful Emerald Isle.

 

What's Included

 Meet & greet upon arrival
 Arrival and departure transfers
 3 nights in Dublin at Academy Plaza Hotel or similar
 2 nights in Kerry at Randles Court Hotel or similar
 1 night in Limerick at George Hotel or similar
 2 nights in Galway at Clayton Hotel or similar
 1 night in Donegal at Jacksons Hotel or similar
 2 nights in Belfast at Europa Hotel or similar
 13 meals: 11 breakfasts and 2 dinners
 Visit Blarney Castle
 Visit Blarney Wooden Mils
Visit Rings of Kerry
 Boat ride to Killimer
 Visit Cliffs of Moher
 Tour of Burren Region
 Tour of Galway City
 Visit Galway Cathedral
 Cruise to Lough Corrib
 Visit Kylemore Abbey
Visit Belleek Pottery Factory
Walking tour of the Walled City of Derry
Visit Giants Causeway
Visit the Dark Hedges
Guided tour of Belfast
Visit the Titantic Experience Belfast
Visit Slane Distillery
Orientation tour of Dublin
Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Services NOT included

 Early check-in and/or late check-out at hotels
 Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, and laundry, etc.
 Optional tours
 Tips

Day by Day

Please Note While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.[/vc_column_text]

DAY 1 | Arrival - Dublin

Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives who will transfer you to your hotel. You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city center.

| Overnight in Dublin

DAY 2 | Kerry

Following breakfast, depart Ireland’s Capital traveling to County Kerry. En route stop in the town of Blarney to visit Blarney Castle. You will find the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Kiss it & you’ll never be lost for words again. Enjoy some time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. It was bought in 1976 by a former worker has been transformed into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland

| Overnight in Kerry
|  Breakfast

DAY 3 | Kerry

Today you can enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula where you will discover the Ring of Kerry. Taking in spectacular scenery such as mountains, peat, bogs, lakes, and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney, you will pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay. Passing through the peat bogs one arrives at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly colored houses, before arriving back in Killarney.

Along the Ring of Kerry, stop at a local farm for a sheepdog demonstration. Your visit starts with an overview of the different breeds of sheep, followed by an introduction to the farmer’s most important tools, his border collies. Next, you will see a superb demonstration of sheepherding as the farmer with his dogs demonstrates how, by working together, he can take a flock of sheep from the mountain top to the sheep pen close to the farmyard.

Optional excursion available at additional cost: Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park | $18 per person
Enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) help you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a jaunting car as your Jarvey [driver] takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park.

Dinner is at leisure.

| Overnight in Kerry
|  Breakfast

DAY 4 | Limerick

Travel northwards to Tarbert & take a short boat ride across the mouth of the river Shannon to land on Clare’s shore at Killimer. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, the most majestic cliffs in Ireland which rise from the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day, you can admire the Aran Islands & Connemara Mountains. Enjoy a tour of the Burren Region. The Burren is a high plateau of porous limestone situated in Northern Clare. The limestone is bare with no trees growing here or land covering the stone. The Burren is not as deserted as we believe: the cracks allow different types of flowers to grow all year round. The rocks hide many caves such as the Ailwee Caves.

| Overnight in Limerick
|  Breakfast

DAY 5 | Galway

Travel to Galway City & get oriented with this beautiful place which has attracted many musicians & artists. Visit Galway Cathedral, one of the largest & most impressive buildings in Galway built between 1958 & 1965. Next, enjoy a cruise along the Corrib River to Lough Corrib including scones & an Irish coffee. This journey on the Corrib Princess takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto the lake. Visitors will see unsurpassed views of the historic monuments & natural amenities that make this one of the most spectacular waterways in Ireland.

| Overnight in Galway
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 | Galway

Today travel through the beautiful Connemara Region filled with lakes, rivers, bogs & mountains.
Visit Kylemore Abbey, built in 1868 by Mitchell Henry, and see its most famous feature the miniature Cathedral. It has been home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns since 1920.

Next, you will visit a bodhrán maker (traditional Irish drum). Roundstone Music and Crafts are located in a former Franciscan monastery in Roundstone, in the heart of Connemara. It is here that you will find the workshop of Malachy Kearns, better known as Malachy Bodhrán, who is famous for the manufacture of bodhráns, the oldest instruments that accompany traditional Irish music. Malachy makes bodhráns for the world-famous Riverdance troupe and he is currently the only full-time bodhrán maker in Ireland.

| Overnight in Galway
|  Breakfast

DAY 7 | Donegal

Today travel to Donegal via County Sligo. See the beautiful scenery which was an inspiration for W.B. Yeats, who is buried at Drumcliffe Churchyard, under loaf-shaped Benbulben Mountain.
Visit the Belleek Pottery Factory & see first-hand how this world-renowned pottery is created. The factory tour allows visitors to see the pottery being removed from its molds, being fired & decorated by the Belleek artists.
Continue to Derry City. Upon arrival meet with your English speaking guide & enjoy a walking tour of the Walled City of Derry. Founded in the 6th century by St. Columba, Derry is the 2nd largest city & port of Northern Ireland. In 1613 the city was selected as a major plantation project, organized by the London livery companies. It was in this year that the walls of Derry were built to protect the town from the Gaelic chieftains in Donegal.

| Overnight in Donegal
|  Breakfast

DAY 8 | Belfast

This morning depart Donegal and travel along the Antrim coast to Belfast, visiting the Giants Causeway en route. The Causeway was formed more than 60 million years ago when red-hot lava erupted onto the surface of the earth & was cooled by the sea to form the columns which make up the Giants Causeway. Legend tells a different story however that Finn Mac Cumhaill built the causeway over the sea to Scotland to fight his arch-enemy, Fingal, who had started his path. The two had never met before & when Finn heard the heavy footsteps of Fingal he turned back. Helped by his wife, Finn dressed up as a baby & when Fingal arrived & saw Finn, Fingal assumed the baby’s father would be much bigger. This scared him & he went running home, destroying the causeway behind him.
Next stop at the Dark Hedges. This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. The iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones®, representing the Kingsroad.
Continue to Belfast and check into your hotel.

| Overnight in Belfast
|  Breakfast

DAY 9 | Belfast

Following breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Belfast City. This is an excellent way to discover Belfast City & will take in the leaning Albert Memorial Clock Tower (Ireland’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa) & the Opera House, as well as passing City Hall, the Crown Bar (dating from 1885), Queens University & the Botanic Gardens. Some tours will also visit the Harland & Wolfe Shipyard, where the Titanic was built & launched in 1912. A visit to the Shankill & Falls road will be of interest as it will give the visitor an indication of how life was in Belfast during the troubles. Visit the Titanic Experience. Located in the heart of Belfast, the Titanic Belfast recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in a new iconic, six-floor building right beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction. Opened to coincide with the centenary, the self-guided tour begins upon entering the buildings giant atrium where visitors are surrounded by the four “ship’s hull” shaped wings which house the Titanic Experience. You will uncover the true story of the Titanic from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900’s through her construction & launch, to her famous maiden voyage & subsequent place in history through nine large galleries full of interactive exhibitions. Highlights include views of the slipways where the Titanic launched & the voyage to the bottom of the sea in the unique Ocean Exploration Centre. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in Belfast City.

| Overnight in Belfast
|  Breakfast

DAY 10 | Dublin

This morning depart Belfast and travel to Dublin. En-route visit Slane Distillery. There could be no finer setting in which to discover the nature of whiskey than Ireland’s mythical Boyne Valley. Housed within the 250-year-old stables of the iconic Slane Castle Estate, the guided distillery tour uncovers a history like no other. The new state of the art working distillery pays homage to the resilient nature of Ireland’s heritage and the surrounding lands. Take a trip back in time as storytellers guide visitors through the fabric of the Conyngham family tapestry, chapter by chapter, and immerse guests into the wonderful world of whiskey. Discover the ancient art of Irish whiskey making. Explore the whiskey distillery where three different types of Irish whiskey are made: Malt, Grain, and Pot Still. Learn about the process behind the triple casked blend, the craftsmanship that goes into each of the three casks, and the flavors and aromas that each cask contributes to the whiskey’s smooth yet full-bodied character. Complete the interactive, immersive tour with a tutored whiskey tasting that allows one to assess this character for yourself by enjoying a sample of the signature triple casked blend, Slane Irish Whiskey.
Continue to Dublin.

Optional excursion available at additional cost: Evening Entertainment at Taylor’s Three Rock or similar | $68 per person
Visit this lively pub in Rathfarnham, 30 minutes from the city center, for an excellent night of music and dance. A ballad group will regale visitors with ballads both happy and sad and will (after a few pints) have visitors singing along with them. The music is interrupted for a short while to enjoy the best of Irish Dancing, guaranteed to get feet tapping. Visitors will leave with fond memories of a memorable night in a Dublin Pub.

| Overnight in Dublin
|  Breakfast

DAY 11 | Dublin

After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of the city with your English speaking guide. The North side of the river offers striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on the city’s main thoroughfare O’Connell Street or the Custom House along the quays, as well as Europe’s largest public park, the Phoenix Park. The south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian Squares, such as Merrion Square, where Oscar Wilde’s House can still be found, its colourful doors along with Grafton Street and its quality shops. This part of the city is also home to the house of Bram Stoker, Trinity College & the Medieval District.
Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. This is a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern-day. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

| Overnight in Dublin
|  Breakfast

DAY 12 | (DEPART)

After a final Irish breakfast, you will be transferred to Dublin Airport for your departure flight.

|  Breakfast

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